Friday, July 20, 2018

Outdoor Pods




Isle of Wight-based The Meeting Pod Company has a wide range of shedlike atmospheres designed to recreate the garden office experience both inside offices and out in the open. Pictured above is their newest model, the Outdoor Pod.

Like the rest of the pod family, it is made from durable composite material and has an acoustic foam interior for noise reduction. Plus naturally it is entirely waterproof. Options include front and rear double glazed enclosures, solar panels with battery storage, timber or cushioned seating, and grass effect flooring, and Bluetooth waterproof speakers.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Writer's garden studio + summer offer



Here's an attractive Garden Affairs garden office for a writer in the West Country which also has marvellous views over the neighbouring valley. It's a 2.5m x 2.5m flat roof log cabin in 58mm timber, with the exterior decor inspired by a trip to Sweden, and a green sedum roof. Other features include decking outside and a log burner inside.

Garden Affairs also have a couple of offers running at the moment until the end of July, offering up to £750 off Scotts of Thrapston summerhouses, and a free paint finish on cedar Chelsea Summerhouses.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Yoga studio (video)


Yoga studios are becoming increasingly popular in the garden office world. Here's a video showcasing one designed and built by Rotunda Roundhouses.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Plan to provide sheds as counselling spaces



Having built my dream shed (the Fibonacci shed), writes Paul Hurst I decided to keep it for R&R only, a no work zone. My wife was also strongly in favour of me having a private ‘decompression’ space.

A counsellor and psychotherapist, I hired rooms for sessions. When one was disrupted by locals not following the booking schedule, we escaped to my shed – a safe and secure place close by and I stopped using the venue. Although advised in training to go for a neutral ‘magnolia and dried flowers’ vibe, I found that something about the building resonated with clients - especially men. Maybe the curved brick walls were comforting, or perhaps being covered in oddments rather than certificates and diplomas is more welcoming? Working relationships usually develop now far more quickly, and clients who have had trouble expressing their emotions do so freely in my shack.

Sadly, clients often come only as a last resort. Issues are best addressed earlier rather than later and resolved if possible before requiring full-on therapy. Working as a non-religious member of the local hospital chaplaincy team, we provide pastoral care, often just listening - giving people space and time to discover issues, explore and resolve them. Although simple, this can be very powerful and effective experience.

Can the benefits of this low-key approach be offered to the public at large, at places where we gather naturally? Sheds can provide small, informal, comfortable spaces to chat in (other suggestions include beach huts, boats, camper vans and black cabs). To explore the potential of this approach, I am volunteering to provide this service in the South East and London areas.

Please do let me know your shed (and non-shed) related thoughts and suggestions about possible venues and events, or if you would like to train as a volunteer! 

This is a guest post by Paul Hurst. You can email him here.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Tiny tea and coffee appliances for the garden office


If you're looking for tea and coffee-making appliances for your garden office, these are intriguing possibilities from Capresso. Its On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker allows you to take home-brewed coffee with you wherever you go (or just staying put), brewing directly in under four minutes into a 16-ounce thermal travel mug. According to the company, it keeps your coffee hot for hours.

Alternatively, the 5-Cup Mini Drip is a compact programmable drip coffee maker that brews coffee in less than a minute per cup. There is a glass carafe with brew-through lid, drip-free pouring spout and permanent GoldTone filter. You can even use the Drip stop function to pour a cup while brewing.

There is also the 16 oz Mini Kettle with micro filter spout, cool-touch handle, drip-free pouring spout and water level window. It comes with a heat-resistant base, cord storage, concealed low-noise heating element, and dry boil protection. And if you want a grinder, the company's Blade Grinder grinds whole bean coffee (or indeed or dried spices, dried herbs or seeds) using stainless steel blades working on a pulse action system. -------------------------------------------------
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Garden room offers


There's a good offer from eDEN Garden Rooms on now - for every garden room/office booking confirmed for an August 2018 build date, they will offer a special upgrade. You can pick from a BOSE wireless speaker system, triple glazing on your garden room doors, or £500 discount off your total garden room order value. Meanwhile Arctic Cabins (below) are offering 0% interest on all buildings and hot tubs over the July 21/22 weekend. You can find out more about their finance options here.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Haynes Shed Manual: Update




Several readers have been asking how the Shed Manual John Coupe and I are working on for Haynes is coming along (see here for the story so far). Here are some recent shots from the latest photoshoot taken by Dave Hodgkinson at the various sites in the south-east where the sheds are being built.

Top is Hodge snapping John as he prepares to make additional shingles for the garden room building pictured centre (all the shingle are entirely hand-made), while the bottom image is the largest structure we're planning to include, partly built with the help of one of the country's most famous eco-builders and woodsmen, Ben Law.

The builds are all close to completion and we are wrapping up the words too. The book should be available in all good bookshops in spring 2019.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

How to build a shoffice


We featured Platform 5's marvellous shoffice nearly six years ago on Shedworking. "The glazed office space nestles into an extruded timber elliptical shell, reminiscent of a wood shaving that unfurls to form a small terrace in the lawn," according to Platform 5. But how was it all put together?

There's a marvellous explanation on the morphstructures site (where there are more images), the structural engineers who built the oak-lined structure. Here's what they say about it:
The structural geometry is defined by laser-cut steel hoops at each end with stressed-skin timber panels spanning in between. This hybrid structure is then clad in curved oak boards. The inherent stiffness of the steel hoops minimises horizontal loads on the foundations, allowing simple proprietary footings to be utilised."



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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shed Egryn


A lovely story from the Cambrian News about Shed Egryn, a community shed build devised and put together by local residents in Llanegryn, Wales. The idea is along the lines of Men's Sheds, but to widen the concept out and encourage people of all ages and sexes to use the space as a local resource.


The excellent video below explains more about its story.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Garden office beer fridge

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Monday, July 09, 2018

Estate agents confirm garden offices add value to your property


An interesting article in the always shed-friendly Telegraph talks to various estate agents about the benefits of garden offices. Among those discussing the rise of shedworking is Bruce King, director of Cheffins who emphasises that in his experience most garden rooms are built as workspaces for freelancers and people working flexibly. He estimates an off-the-peg garden office adds around five per cent to the value of a property, but what he describes as “the smart, bespoke examples" could add more like10 per cent.

Roarie Scarisbrick from Property Vision points out that quality is king too, telling the newspaper that: “When they are badly insulated and covered in spiders, your heart sinks. If they are pristine, and plumbed and heated, and they actually have a use they can be very cool, that will certainly add value.”

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

World Cup garden office (video)


Here's the team from Green Retreats enjoying the world cup action from their TG02 model with thanks to work from Stock + Bokeh for designing and producing the film. 

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Home gym by the sea



The increase in interest in home gyms has been one of the major trends over the last few years in the garden office building world. Here's a nice example of one from eDEN Garden Rooms which is in a garden on the sea front in Westgate, Kent.

"There was already an adjacent building which has visible silver down pipes," explained eDEN's Mia Walmsley. "To help them blend in with the new garden room, we kept all fascias to the same silver tone, which also provided a modern, sleek finish to this 4.5m x 3m gym space. As we were working with a very large garden, we included a double set of bi-foldable doors to open the space right up and make the most of this peaceful outdoor spot, and ideal for allowing plenty of ventilation for home workouts." -------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Sedum roof for Staffordshire garden office


I'm writing about green roofs on garden offices for a forthcoming issue of The Idler and came across this rather nice short video showing off the possibilities from Riefa Green Roofs. Here's what they say about it:
Riefa supplied a sedum roof to a new garden office in Staffordshire. The installation is almost text book in that the flat roof has a perfect pitch for minimal drainage , the parapets are the perfect height at 50 mm , this being the optimum for preventing wind desiccation whilst allowing views of the fauna from the ground. The garden room is ideally positioned within the tree canopy to allow the full benefit of shade from full summer sun and the best of the winter light.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

New smart alarm for garden offices


ZeroVision from Verisure is a new smart alarm that expels a dense and bothersome zero-visibility fog to stop intruders in their tracks. It enables shedworkers to proactively protect their properties remotely in the event of a burglary and is proven to force intruders to abandon the premises immediately. The alarm is connected to Verisure’s Alarm Receiving Centre which means that the property is then protected while the police and Verisure’s security guard service arrive at the home or business premises. According to a YouGov survey, burglary costs the country's small businesses £2,000 a year on average, with a third of SMEs keeping equipment worth £10,000 or more on the premises.

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Terry Pratchett's Shed of Doom


In case you missed the most shedlike of Discworld's buildings at the Chalke Valley History Festival over the weekend, here is the key element pictured above. Based on drawings by Paul Kidby, designer of the Discworld book jackets, the shed is the work of Evil Harry Dread and comes in at 18ft high. Here it is being built:

Timelapse: Shed of Doom from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.

The show also included a recreation of Sir Terry's studio, known as The Chapel, inside Granny Aching's shepherd's hut.
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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Garden office wildlife


A new study reveals what wildlife can be spotted - and identified - from garden offices and sheds around the country. The survey by Sykes Holiday Cottages indicates that while its peak population of 3.5 million has now dropped to around 280,000, the red squirrel comes in first place as the most commonly seen rare animal in the UK, with 45% of people having spotted one. The hedgehog is in second place with 44% and the tortoiseshell butterfly third with 33%. The roe deer (27%), otter (18%) and snipe (17%) make up the top six.

Far fewer were able to spot examples which are not household names, such as a ghost slug, blue ground beetle (most common in Cornwall) or New Forest cicada even though they are all native to the UK.   



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